...BACK from GingerFest 2018!!!

...of course it was a BLAST! A great time meeting fellow Gingerologists and discussing Ginger with... well, other Gingerologists!!! Marge and Gene Padgitt did an incredible job with the proceedings, lined up awesome speakers, and of course Roberta was incredible as well!!! Hope to see y'all there next year!!!

This Day in GINGEROLOGY - July 21st

1973: Ginger is on the panel of judges in the Miss Universe contest, held in Athens, Greece; Miss Philippines Margarita Moran won.

1975: Billy West (born Roy B. Weissburg), who starred with Ginger in the films “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Medal Winner in ‘Remember My Forgotten Man’ Number), and “Twenty Million Sweethearts” (as Bellboy), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 82.

2010: TCM aired “Perfect Strangers”.

2015: TCM aired “Star of Midnight”.

2017: TCM aired “Lucky Partners”.


Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):

July 22, 2018 @ 6:30 A.M. Fifth Avenue Girl
July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 A.M. Roberta

Next GingerFilm(s) (on FXM Retro - all times Eastern) - NOTE - the FXM Retro site is kinda 'cryptic' as far as specific times, so please check local listings for 'specific times':

...No Films Scheduled...


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

...odds and ends...

Hope everyone is well out there!

...first of all, I have been out of pocket for the last few days, as my son (15 months old) had to have 'minor' surgery today, to 'open' a tear duct in one eye, as well as having his adenoids (throat stuff) removed. He is doing well, and zonked out in his crib tonight.

Also, Jean Howard of 'Discovering Ida' has found info regarding an episode of Dinah Shore, which featured Ginger AND Ida Lupino... no 'footage', tho... sounds like an OGRE assignment to me... :-) Go check it out at this link:


And finally, just a 'blurb'...or as you young 'uns call it nowadays, a 'Tweet' (well, if I was hooked up with 'Twitter'..why isn't it 'Tweeter'?) ...well, I was just reading the book I mentioned back on November 3, and ran across this passage regarding politics, which just stuck me as "Classic Ginger": "...There was talk in the papers (in the late 1940's) that Ginger was to run for Congress as a representative for California. I asked her about this and about what would be her platform. She smiled and replied, 'Cheaper and better ice cream for all!' - that was enough hint to me the rumour was nonsense."

Well, that's about it - just 'updating' and staying 'in touch' a bit... Sorry for the absence of any GingerPics... will try to make up for it in the next post :-]

Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!



  1. Yeah...been on the hunt for the Dinah Shore Show episode for a while. Ive seen a clip of it on Youtube but its not very complimentary to our girl.

    Im going to crop down to the good stuff and Ill post it later.

  2. As someone who has had two eye surgeries this year (partial cornea transplant in the right eye, cataracts in the left), I wish your son well.

  3. Wishes of love and speedy recovery are sent to your darling son x

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Huey! :)

  5. Thanks to all for your thoughts for Reed - he is doing well today, although a bit 'off' his normal routine... but hopefully by the weekend he will be 100%. The procedure(s) went well, tho.

    SG - Thanks for the Dinah 'snippet'... I replied to the post over on 'O-cubed'... yep, Ol' Bam-Bam is back running at about 80 percent or better... should be back on schedule by the weekend. My daughter's birthday is tomorrow - we are having her party on Saturday - it is a POOL party, believe it or not... it is all indoors, at the student rec center at the old alma mater (UAB)...should be a pretty fun time. Hope all is well in Chi-town...are you going to the Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley? It would be pretty cool, even if ya don't really have a 'dawg in the hunt' (i.e., pull for either team)... but the ESPN folks are already yelling how the endzone is slammed up against the wall, and someone is going to plow into it head first... hopefully it won;t happen. Have a great weekend, SG!!!

    VP - Wow - hope you are doing well now! Eyes are just the most scary thing when something goes wrong with them... I was talking to some folks in the waiting room about their child's procedures, and one said their 7-year old son was there for a 'follow-up' for cataract surgery...didn't know you could get those as a child, but evidently you can at any age... and of course there were many very sad stories there, it made Reed's procedure not seem QUITE as bad in comparison...but quite scary nevertheless. Thanks again, and hope you have a great weekend, VP!

    Gingeyginge - thanks for the kind thoughts! again, he is doing well and back at close to full speed... hope you and yours are doing well... BTW...waiting for a big post from you regarding the Prince William engagement! It is pretty big news on this side of the pond, but I know it is 'wall-to-wall' there! I'm sure you can whittle all the proceedings down to their true essence, as only you can do!
    Have a great weekend, Gingeyginge! :-)

    KIG, y'all!


  6. Hey Huey,

    I hope your son is recovering well. Surgery for the little ones is always hard for the parents. Glad to hear everything turned out all right.

  7. Im glad your son is doing well. I hope he continues to recover quickly!

    I love that little bit about Ginger, thank you so much for sharing!!

  8. AWWW!!! Poor little Reed! I hope he recovers quickly. Is adenoid removal as painful as a tonsillectomy? We all know the cure for a tonsillectomy. ICE CREAM! And that brings me to Ginger's campaign platform. Now that's something I can believe in.....very funny response.

  9. WE WANT PICTURES! - WE WANT PICTURES! - WE WANT PICTURES! - WE WANT PIC... ... -- No, I'm just kidding Huey :)

    Bam-Bam okay again? That's swell!

    I didn't get the whole issue here -- didn't suffer a tonsillectomy actually - but had lots of trouble though. Well, it all seems to turn out alright now.

  10. Something that might be interesting:

    My June issue "Fred's Shoes Better Than Ginger's?" seems to be the most popular article on sweet&hot still.

    It was something on the cartoon: "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, .. backwards and in high heels": That it was just a joke and not really true.

    Well, this is really top in my stats. So it seems the people are interested to read about the truth in this question. I read it in many places of the web before, that people asked this question.

  11. DIdnt go to the craziness that was the Northwestern/Illnois game but today (the day after) we celebrated my Dad's birthday by going to Wrigley and got to spend an hour playing catch on the field! May need to post some of those pics on Triple O.

  12. Desarae: Thanks for the kind thoughts! He is doing well now, just having to take Tylenol a few times a day, and eye drops a few times a day as well... but everything is fine - you can tell a big difference already, as he generally 'squinted' a bit out of the affected eye prior to the procedure, but now is...er, 'no-squint'! :-] Which is good, lest he invaribly obtain the moniker 'Popeye'... he's ALREADY 'Bam-Bam'...which I have learned that the actual 'Flintstone' spelling is 'Bamm-Bamm'... oh, well. :-}

    Lexie: Thanks to you also for the thoughts and wishes! He has been zonking out at night pretty readily, better on average than before the procedure - so it's been a nice improvement in all respects.
    Well, this book is pretty interesting - has some neat lines in it - the fellow who wrote it met Ginger about the time she was doing Kitty Foyle, or soon thereafter, and is a big fan, although, being a movie critic, doesn't really 'sugar-coat' his feelings on some of her movies - but DOES generally like her performance in them.

    Fioraon: Also a big thanks to YOU for your kind words! ...as for adenoids, well, with my wife being an RN, she is all up on how those function - well, generally they are not unlike tonsils, in that they are to 'catch' dirt, germs, etc. prior to swallowing them... but adenoids are 'temporary', in that by around age 20, they 'atrophy' and generally disappear...so, most Gingerologists don't have them, or are losing them as we speak... as for the 'removal' process, they were 'cauterized' - (spelling?) - generally 'burned off'...ouch...of course totally zonked out, but would seem to be kina tender or whatever after a few days...he seems to be ok, tho... taking Tylenol - eating pretty much everything! He has not eaten much ice cream yet... guess as you get older that would be cool... my wife had her tonsils out about 7 years ago, and it was ROUGH on her... so if ya still got em' try to keep em if possible - Huey is still 'with tonsils', for the record...

    CS: Pictures!!! heh heh... it's weird, I just always have the mindset that you HAVE to have a few pics in order to post... really not the case, tho... but I am digging thru my 'personal' stash of GingerPics, and have a few interesting ones which are not that 'commonplace'... will try to post soon.
    ...as for the high heels issue, just go watch the 'Never gonna Dance' routine or the 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' routine, and how effortlessly Ginger flys up and down stairs in those babies... it's amazing to me... not that I would know anything about even WALKING in high heels... no, REALLY... :-}
    AND, thanks to you, CS, for your thoughts regarding Reed! He is faring quite well, and is actually a bit better now than before, so the procedure was a certified success!

    SG: woah - getting to go ON Wrigley Field? Pretty dang cool! Did they have the football stuff outta there? hopefully so... not sure if they will play there again, unless they can figure out the 'dimensional conflicts'... and yes, post some pics! Did y'all get to go in the 'manual' scoreboard? I always thought that would be cool... well, hope your dad had a great birthday - give him my regards!


    Thanks, y'all!


  13. well...after checking out all the 'replies' to this post, I think that Miss Jean Howard snuck in between 'replies'...so...

    JH: Glad to give Discovering Ida a 'plug'! Keep on cranking out the Ida goodness...it's a very informative site!!! Thanks again!

  14. Yeah we got to go on the field. Obviously all the lines were still down and the goal posts were up. We didnt get to go in the scoreboard but we did get to sit in the dugout which was pretty cool. And lucky for us we got a nice day - there could have easily been 6 inches of snow on the ground! Pics coming soon!

  15. Why, I always have at least one pic to show. But I'm certainly not a publisher of a pic-book. After all I try to be kinda' 30s newspaper... ;)

    I just looked Ginger's shoes in SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES on youtube up: They're pretty high, but not too extremely. You get used to that after a few trials.

    On the contrary I'd say, Fred's heels are a little too flat. But of course these are the typical heels for men during the 30s. So they had to do.

    Well, I think those would be much more comfortable:



    A flatter heel isn't really good for relaxed tapping.

  16. Yes, I payed a little "SWELL" for Bam-Bam, because it's a vintage phrase and vintage phrases always do good to vintage people.

    Bam-Bam is vintage already ... this is kinda' ennobling. ;)

  17. SG - COOL! can't wait for the pics... did you clip off a bit of the turf for souvenir? I figure they re-sod each year anyway, and after the football game, the current turf is toast anyway... I need some Cubbie gear...everyone around here are Bravo fans, and I pull for them too - would have been cool to see them go a bit deeper in the playoffs... I've always wanted a button-down pinstriper... maybe ho-ho will read my mind this year... ya, right :-[ Oh well, ya never know.

    CS: Thanks for keeping Bam-Bam in the mix1 I think he will be a 'classic' fan - well heck, with all the movies we watch he will grow up around it...my daughter is well-versed in the classics already... start 'em young, right? ...as for dancing shoes, I wouldn't know one if it came right up to me and trod upon my pennyloafers! I go for a shoe with as little heel as possible, since I am already 6-5 or so, and then there's that coordination issue...:-P I'm gonna have to take a HEAP of lessons before I trip the Light Fantastic with Miss Rogers in the Great Beyond... :-]

  18. Yes, I think so too: Bam-Bam will always compare old stuff to new stuff. And he will see which movies lead to a cozier world. In many other families kids are told: "Bah, that's old-fashioned" - not cool at all. And as you're very open in many directions, not forcing things too much: I'd say it's a cinch, that Bam-Bam is going to find old films cozy.

    You're right, a flat heel is good for walking. But not for tapping: If the heel is absolutely down on the floor, it gets in sort of dead end. It's easier to pick the heel up again, if it's resting a little higher. You get your heel much faster up again, to do fast heel-taps. The footwork is much more relaxed. Heel-taps are probably the last thing the audience will notice, but they're very important for fast rhythm phrases. Of course it's possible to tap with a flat heel, as Fred's male generation did. But it's definitely a bit harder.

  19. ...my 9-year old daughter is trying to 'teach' me the basics of tap, as she is taking that this year... well, she has been in 'combo' classes until now (tap and ballet), but this year, she had to choose one - she went with tap (atta girl!) ...she seems to enjoy it... not really sure of the overall 'caliber' of the studio - there are most likely better ones in the area - but she enjoys it, and is in her sixth year... she won't make a career out of it, but it's something she can draw from the rest of her life... her shoes are a bit 'heely', but not excessively so... I think it will be neat if she can get to a level that she can 'cut loose', to a point, anyway...
    And yes, Bam-Bam will hopefully be 'well-grounded' in the classics... have to keep these alive for future generations... It was great here last night, I was in the 'man cave' watching "All About Eve", and Rebekah was upstairs watching "Singing in the Rain"...Reed was just cutting up in his own rambunctious way, and my wife was in the kitchen cooking all the Thanksgiving delicacies... so there ya go.

    Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving, CS!!!



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